College of American Pathologists

  Continuous Compliance Committee


   Updated March 23, 2012


Reports to: Commission on Laboratory Accreditation

Charge: To ensure that accredited laboratories maintain and improve continuous compliance with CAP and other regulatory requirements through oversight and education in the areas of proficiency testing (PT) and other mandated quality activities; to monitor and ensure all CAP-accepted PT providers continue to meet established criteria; and develop guidelines for requiring commercial PT and/or alternative assessment.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 1 day
Typical meeting days of the week: Friday

Location of meetings(i.e. all airport locations, 50 miles from airports, all DC. Please note if there is a common location of a meeting – i.e. one meeting is always in Chicago or DC): 1 in Chicago; 2 in other locations.

Number of conference calls: 1 per Month (1 hour)

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings: (i.e. journal review, liaison activities, writing critiques, email communications): Chair: 5 hours per month. Members: 2-3 hours/month:

Additional travel or time commitments (i.e. leadership meetings, other organization meetings): Chair also sits on Commission on Laboratory Accreditation. Typically the chair assists staff with onsite audits of PT providers.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Committee is responsible for providing scientific support to the Laboratory Accreditation Program in the area of continuous compliance with a primary focus on the monitoring of proficiency testing.
  • Additional responsibilities include input into review and approval of alternate PT providers (including onsite audits), communication with participating laboratories, participation in educational programs such as audioconferences and webinars, and development of new approaches to continuous compliance such as quality indicator monitoring.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Good working knowledge of both the proficiency testing and laboratory accreditation requirements.
  • Knowledge of other regulatory requirements such as CLIA regulations is a positive.
  • Emphasis on clin path(CP) but need balance with some members with AP expertise.

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Gain experience in regulatory compliance in both anatomic and clinical pathology. Opportunity for speaking engagements.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • N/A

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